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June 12th, 2017

Peach Festival 2017

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From catching fish to crawling past the finish line, the 67th annual Louisiana Peach Festival will have plenty of events for children to do.
Peach Fest will host a wide range of events that included the Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lincoln Parish Park, the Barnes Portraiture Baby Photo Contest and Diaper Derby and a Kids Zone filled with several events.
The Lincoln Parish Park Kids’ Fishing Tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on June 23.
Park Director James Ramsaur said free registration for the event is from 8-8:30 a.m. followed by the tournament, which lasts until 9:30 a.m.

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LPPJ considers purchase of Lincoln Hall

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will discuss spending $200,000 to buy out Burton Entertainment’s lease on Lincoln Hall, an entertainment venue located at 149 Fairgrounds Road, when jurors gather for their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The original lease between the jury and Burton Entertainment was created in March 2002, and stated that Burton Entertainment would build the structure on property owned by the jury and run the facility by lease for 30 years.

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Juneteenth Festival 2017

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The 45th annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival held its opening ceremony Sunday on Grambling State University’s campus. Photo left: GSU Student Government Association President Adarian Williams, of Grambling, recites a poem on African American history and Juneteenth celebrations. Photo above: City Councilwomen Cathy Holmes, left, and Yanise Day, right, converse during the luncheon portion of the ceremonies.

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Internet safety a must this summer

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Summer vacation used to fill me with such a sense of excitement.
The next few months lay ahead, filled with endless possibilities for fun and freedom. For working parents, however, the summer holds specific challenges, namely planning safe, enjoyable structure for at least part of the summer for their children.
There are many options for entertainment and activity in our community.
Summer ball leagues, art camps, drama workshops, tennis teams, science camp, cooking classes, and even horseback riding camp are all offered nearby.

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Local group recognized by Chamber of Commerce

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Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was awarded the Outstanding Adopt-A-School Chamber Partnership at the luncheon this April. They received the plaque for their dedication and loyalty to Cypress Springs Elementary School this year. They donated benches for the courtyard, playground equipment, teacher’s supplies, helped sponsor the White House Dinner and also provided monetarily. From left are Michelle Thrower, Mary Kilgore, Rosy Bromell, Diane Zumwalt and Beth Buskey.

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Cheers: Michael C. Ballew

Michael C. Ballew, of Ruston, was named to the spring 2017 Dean’s List at Samford University.
Samford releases dean’s lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year.
To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework.
Dean’s List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.

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Buddy's Blog: Whitworth brings respected role to Rams as Tech great

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His NFL address may have changed a couple of time zones, but Andrew Whitworth has the same role.
For the former West Monroe High and LSU All-American, it’s still all about continuing as one of the most respected elder statesmen in the league for offensive linemen.
What’s changed now as he embarks on his 12th season at the game’s ultimate tier are the city, logo and uniform.
Whitworth had an outstanding 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was a three-time Pro Bowler, first unit All-Pro and the NFL’s top-rated left tackle.

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See you at the Peach Festival

Sixty-seven years ago, a group of Ruston businessmen decided to do something about the town’s summer economic slowdown.
So they organized a celebration around what was then the parish’s abundant peach crop. Since then, both the crop and the number of growers have dwindled, but the Louisiana Peach Festival is still going strong.

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Texting at traffic lights must stop

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It is no secret that texting and driving is a problem. It’s something that a lot of us are guilty of, myself included.
According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles website, Louisiana has a statewide ban on “the use of wireless devices for writing, sending or reading text-based communications while driving, regardless of age.”
In simpler terms, texting and driving is banned in Louisiana; something we all know.

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June 10th

Firearms Education Expo ‘a blast’

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Based in Columbia, South Carolina, the Palmetto State Armory is on a mission to assist people, especially in metropolitan areas, to be able to experience the thrill found in hunting, sport shooting and competitive shooting. The organization has scheduled firearms and education expos later this year in places like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.

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